There is a secret to Kenny Boynton's success. Don't make him mad. The five-star guard from American Heritage (Fla.) put on an offensive clinic at the City of Palms tournament last month and re-wrote the record book after four dynamic games in Fort Myers.
After a couple of games locked with foul trouble and even fouling out early in the fourth quarter of one game, Boynton sat on the bench brewing. For him that was a good thing. For those that had to face him the game after, not so much.
"It made me mad that I wasn't out there," Boynton said.
On the final day of the City of Palms, Boynton went off. He shot 22 of 33 from the floor and was 11 of 18 from three-point land. The 6-foot-1 junior scored 39 of his 61 in the second half. He set the single game scoring record of the 36-year tournament.
Boynton said the numbers are great but setting records wasn't his intention.
"I just want to win," he said.
And college coaches just want to land him. The recruiting process is heating up in a big way for the elite level scorer.
"It's not distracting. It's cool right now," Boynton said. "Schools want me."
They sure do. Duke assistant coach Chris Collins was on hand for Boynton's 61-point game. He was one of the only 26 people in the gym for the game. Coach K made it down to Fort Myers to see Boynton play. Florida camped out for the City of Palms. Texas sent an assistant to see Boynton play. Georgia Tech recently threw a hat into the mix.
"Duke and Georgia Tech, right now. Georgia Tech just came along and they are on hard. Texas, too," Boynton said.
Leonard Hamilton came out. So did Miami and Connecticut and Ohio State. Wake Forest and Villanova are also in the picture.
"I talked to all three head coaches on the same day," Boynton said of Duke, Georgia Tech and Texas. "That was pretty cool. Billy Donovan went to see my brother play (at the University of West Florida)."
The big timers are coming at him hard and he knows it. Don't expect a hasty decision. He has yet to unofficially visit any of the teams on his list, he says, and he is still trying to look at each situation closely.
"Playing time and who is coming in before me," Boynton said of what he is looking at the closest of his pursuers. "And my relationship with the head coach. I don't want to sit on the bench."
History has taught us that much about Boynton.